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  • 2017 Western Meet

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    Penticton, BC
    June 22-25, 2017

    Members Present: 25

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  • Monte Carlos in Attendance

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    Owned by Bill Ward of Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada
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    Owned by Kevin Dyck of Edmonton, AB, Canada
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    Owned by Vaughn and Kathie Peoples of High River, AB, Canada
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    Owned by Roman Francisty of Lindell, BC, Canada
    sml_gallery_98_4_39397.jpg 1970 SS454 - Tuxedo Black, Black vinyl top, Black interior
    Owned by Pat & Jean Trottier of Summerland Millet, AB, Canada
    sml_gallery_98_4_699151.jpg 1970 - Misty Turquoise, White vinyl top, Sandalwood interior
    Owned by Aaron & April Dodsworth of Summerland, BC, Canada
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    Owned by Cameron Lewis of Reno, NV
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    Owned by Kevin Uilkie of Surprise, AZ
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    Owned by Kelly and Sandy Macklem of Sherwood Park, AB, Canada
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    Owned by Jeff Boyer of Golden, BC, Canada
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    Owned by Liam Peoples of High River, AB, Canada
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    Owned by Steve and Pat Johansen of Prince George, BC, Canada
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    Owned by Aaron & April Dodsworth of Summerland, BC, Canada
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    OOwned by Terry and Judy Stevens of McMinnville, OR
    sml_gallery_98_4_855171.jpg 1971 - Red, Black/Sandalwood interior Owned by Melanie and Victor Wiens of Winkler, MB, Canada
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    Owned by Peter and Marci Ureta of Penticton, BC, Canada
     
    sml_gallery_98_4_2546679.jpg 1972 - Green, Green interior
    Owned by Robert and Mona Calderon of Fresno, CA
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    Owned by Darren Bull of Airdrie, AB, Canada
    sml_gallery_98_4_3740566.jpg 1972 - Gulf Green, Green vinyl top, Green interior
    Owned by Keith and Rosa Golanowski of Calgary, AB, Canada
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    Owned by Tony Fenton of Robson, BC, Canada
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    Owned by Lon Wilburn of Snoqualmie, WA
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    Owned by Matt and Christine Hilla of Hood River, OR
    Additional members in attendance
    Clayton Elkjar of Winnipeg, MB, Canada
    Ryan Amendt of Langley, BC, Canada
    Brian Pillage of Edson, AB, Canada
    Cameron Grant of Vancouver, BC, Canada

    The 2017 Western Meet
    by Aaron Dodsworth

     

    This was our third Western Meet in Penticton, BC. It has become a popular location over the years for members to attend and we had a great participation again this year with 25 members, 15 of those members drove over 400 miles and 4 drove over 1,100 miles! There are some dedicated individuals in this club that show up to these meets and I really appreciate them taking the time to drive the distance.

    Wednesday

    Several members arrived beginning Wednesday afternoon. That evening we took the time to welcome the newer FGMCC brothers and sisters, and catch up with the regulars. It did not take long for members to start lobbying for the Hard Luck award. Kelly and Sandy showed up and Kelly informed us that he had locked his keys in the trunk including his only trunk key. He was very lucky he at least had an extra door/ignition key to allow him to complete the trip to Summerland. A group of us worked on pulling out the rear seat to navigate a screwdriver taped to a golf club through his trunk full of luggage to pop the trunk lid. After some time Kelly was successful.

    During the evening we were also notified by Kevin and Sandy that their 1970 Monte Carlo had electrical/ignition issues during their trip and were stuck in a town a few hours away. They would eventually arrive two days later after getting the issue repaired.

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    In search of Kelly's keys
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    Success!
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    At the hotel - Matt and Lon
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    Hotel
      
     

    Thursday

    I took everyone on a cruise through some back roads through the valley and around Skaha Lake. Some twisty roads led us to a stop at Yellow Lake to stretch our legs and from there we took advantage of the scenic photo opportunities of members by their cars before continuing to the beach in Okanagan Falls. The park by the beach was a great place for our picnic lunch while taking in the view of the mountains surrounding Skaha Lake. After lunch it was time for some wine tasting at Noble Ridge winery which was a short drive away. In addition to the wine tasting the winery also offered a stunning view of Vaseux Lake from their garden. We continued our drive back North to Summerland Sweets for some ice cream before going back to the hotel.

    More members arrived throughout the evening and stacks of pizza were delivered for the club. The hotel was now full of Monte Carlos and club members and we had a lot of laughs. It is always great to see old friends and meet some new ones.

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    Morning at the hotel
    Matt, CVameron, Steve, Aaron & Kelly
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    Morning at the hotel
    April, Sandy, Melanie & Christine
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    Cruise
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    Cruise
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    Cruise
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    Cruise
      
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    Cruise
      
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    Parked at Yellow Lake
      
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    Parked at Yellow Lake
       
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    Lon
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    Kevin and Lucas
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    Kelly and Sandy
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    Christine and Matt
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    Cameron
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    Melanie & Victor
      
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    Peter & Marci
      
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    April and Aaron
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    April and Aaron
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    At Yellow Lake
    L to R - Victor and Melanie Wiens, Cameron Lewis, Peter and Marci Ureta, April and Aaron Dodsworth, Kevin and Lucas Uilkie, Christine and Matt Hilla, Kelly and Sandy Macklem, Lon Wilburn
         
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    Lunch on Okanagan Falls
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    Lunch in Okanagan Falls
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    Lunch in Okanagan Falls
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    Parked at Noble Ridge Winery
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    View of Vaseux Lake from Noble Ridge Winery
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    Kettle Valley Railway trestle bridge.
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    View of Okanagan Lake from the trestle bridge
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    Hotel parking lot 
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    Hotel parking lot

    Friday

    The Peach City Beach Cruise event included a cruise through Naramata stopping at several of the wineries in the area and taking in the view of Okanagan Lake. It was another fun cruise day with fantastic weather. Back at the hotel we spent the remainder of the day relaxing by the pool. It is always a good time with this group.

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    Hotel parking lot
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    Hotel parking lot
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    Poplar Grove Winery
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    Vaughn and Liam at Poplar Grove Winery
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    Red Rooster Winery
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    Matt, Lon and April tasting wine at Red Rooster Winery
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    Clayton and son Brock at Ruby Blues Winery
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    Parked at Lake Breeze Winery
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    Parked at Maple Leaf Spirits
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    View of Okanagan Lake
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    Relaxing at the hotel
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    Relaxing at the hotel
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    Relaxing at the hotel
     

    Saturday

    Early Saturday morning we arrived at the car show held in Penticton along the beach of Okanagan Lake. There were 22 Monte Carlos in our group all parked together on the grass as we settled in for the day. In addition to the 800 cars lining the beach there was a classic car auction, farmers market and live entertainment throughout the day. There were several other car clubs who came to the event in big numbers also.

    Dennis Gage was at the show filming an episode of My Classic Car. The chances of one of our cars being chosen as a feature car for TV show out of the 800 cars in attendance is pretty remote but Dennis spotted our group and stopped to take a look. He eventually zeroed in on Matt’s Gulf Green 1972 Monte Carlo and they set up for an interview. The My Classic Car episode featuring the Peach City Beach Cruise and Matt’s Monte Carlo will air in 2018.

    We returned to the hotel in the afternoon once again to unwind and reflect on a great day at the show.

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    Car show
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    Car show
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    Car show
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    Car show
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    Car show
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    Car show
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    Car show
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    Car show
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    Car show
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    Matt with Dennis Gage
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    Matt with Dennis Gage
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    The Peach
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    Car show
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    Lon, Darren and Robert
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    Party at the hotel

    FGMCC on My Classic Car!

    Sunday

    It was a relaxed Sunday morning as the Peach City Beach Cruise awards did not start until lunch time. This event has many classes and even includes a Monte Carlo class when the FGMCC attends. Congratulations to Pat Trottier and Robert Calderon who won 1st and 2nd place in the Monte Carlo Class.

    The FGMCC awards banquet was held at Santorini’s Restaurant in Summerland in the late afternoon. We presented the 13 categories of awards as voted by the members the day before and gave away a table full of door prizes before having our dinner.

    We had one last night sharing stories and laughs in the hotel parking lot. The owner of the hotel liked us so much he bought us beer and it was ready for us in the cooler by the pool. As the evening continued it was time to accept that the meet was coming to an end. We all said our goodbyes and look forward to getting this “family” back together again at future meets.

    Peach City Beach Cruise Award Winners

    1st Place Monte Carlo   Pat Trottier
    2nd Place Monte Carlo Robert Calderon
     

    FGMCC Award Winners

    Best Interior Robert Calderon - 1972
    Best Paint Vaughn Peoples - 1970
    Robyn Lance Best Engine Kevin Dyck - 1970
    George Lines Best Modified Kevin Uilkie - 1971
    Best Street Matt Hilla - 1972
    Best Stock Aaron Dodsworth - 1971
    Best Non-Restored Darren Bull - 1972
    Best Documented Darren Bull - 1972
    Best Chrome Robert Calderon - 1972
    Meet Director's Choice Lon Wilburn - 1972
    Members' Choice Vaughn Peoples - 1970
    Ronnie Bryan Longest Distance Driven   Kevin Uilkie - 1971 (1,492 miles!)
    Hard Luck Kevin Dyck - 1970 (Electrical)
    Congratulations to you all!
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    Robert receiving his award
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    Pat receiving his award
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    Robert and Pat
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    Car show
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    Peter, Marci, Mona & Robert
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    Terry's 71 in the park
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    Group in the park
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    Hotel
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    Liam repairing his starter
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    Awards banquet
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    Best Interior:
    Robert Calderon
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    Best Engine:
    Kevin Dyck
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    Best Paint:
    Vaughn Peoples
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    Best Non-Restored:
    Darren Bull
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    Best Street:
    Matt Hilla
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    Best Modified:
    Kevin Uilkie
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    Best Stock:
    Aaron Dodsworth
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    Best Documented:
    Darren Bull
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    Best Chrome:
    Robert Calderon
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    Meet Director's Choice:
    Lon Wilburn
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    Members' Choice:
    Vaughn Peoples
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    Hard Luck:
    Kevin Dyck
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    Longest Distance Driven:
    Kevin Uilkie 
      
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    Door prizes
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    Relaxing at the hotel
    Vaughn, Darren and Keith
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    Relaxing at the hotel
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    Relaxing at the hotel
    Aaron and Matt
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    Relaxing at the hotel
    Sandy & Sandy
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    Relaxing at the hotel
    Pat, Steve and Kevin

     

     

     

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